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Have you ever heard of the West Knob hike near Vancouver? This trail in West Vancouver starts along the Baden Powell trail before splitting off and heading up to a rocky outcrop above Horseshoe Bay with a view on Howe Sound. It’s a lesser-known hike with a decent amount of elevation and views without the crowds!
West Knob hike
I’d never heard of the West Knob hike until my friend signed me up to the Peak Baggers’ Challenge this summer where you try and hike as many North Shore peaks as you can in one season. One of the peaks is West Knob and so she took me on the hike to bag my first peak of the challenges.
I’ve hiked a lot of the North Shore Peaks before but this one had passed me by. While the views aren’t as good as they are on nearby peaks such as Eagle Bluffs and Black Mountain or Mt Seymour, you still get some and don’t have to battle for a spot to take in the view either.
How to get to the West Knob trailhead
Take highway 1 heading northbound towards Whistler and come off at exit 2. Go straight over the roundabout and drive alongside the lines for the ferry. Soon there’ll be a small parking lot on your right and the start of the trail.
What to know before you go
- Best time to hike the West Knob: You can hike this trail year-round though please pack
microspikes when hiking in winter as there may be snow/ice on the trail. In the fall and spring, this hike can get very muddy – be prepared!
- Be adventure smart: Remember to respect the terrain, environment, and other users while you are enjoying the trails. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors
- Pack your 10 essentials
- Remember to leave no trace
- This trail is dog friendly
West Knob trail hiking guide
The West Knob trail starts by hiking up on a wide gravel path through the forest. Soon you come to a bridge which you’ll walk under as you cross underneath the highway.
After the bridge, bear left and walk parallel to the highway (there are big concrete walls so you don’t feel close to the cars!).
As you bear right away from the highway you’ll start to climb up through the forest.
Continue on until you come to a junction. Turning right will take you to Whyte Lake which makes a nice side visit but continue straight on, following the Baden Powell trail to head to West Knob.
A few hundred meters more and you’ll come to another junction where you’ll take the left path and hike up steeply. Keep your eyes open for the Baden Powell markers on trees as the route finding can get a little tricky through here.
In spring and fall, you might have to navigate some stream crossings but they were dry when I hiked this trail.
You want to take the paths to the left each time (but look for markers to make sure!) and soon you’ll get to the final steep climb before arriving at a rocky outcrop and the West Knob viewpoint!
The real peak is a little further uphill still but this is where the viewpoint is and it makes a great spot to sit for a while.
West Knob trail stats
Check out this West Knob trail map:
Time: 2.5-4 hours
Trailhead: Junction 2 on hwy 1
Distance from Vancouver: 30 mins
What to pack for hiking near Vancouver
Make sure you look at these packing lists for the West Knob hike.
Other hikes near Vancouver
- Best Vancouver hikes
- Best fall hikes near Vancouver
- Eagle bluffs and black mountain
- Mt Strachan
- Hollyburn Mountain